It seems surreal that we have entered the 21st century, almost like an unbelievable prophecy. We have begun to open doorways that will lead us to unprecedented scientific discoveries, and these achievements will help build an American nation that will become healthier in mind, spirit and body. Today we find ourselves immersed in the moment of enormous possibility-a time when science and technology are making such advancements, we can barely keep up with them. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of Genetics.
We are on the verge of discovering the causes and cures for some of our worst health problems. Almost every single month a new gene discovery is reported. Research advancement in natural and bio-medical sciences needs to continue, but the scientific community along with the new administration need to ensure that every American will have confidence that science is advancing in a way that is parallel with our moral values. The new government must be vigilant that science will not also bring new forms of discrimination and exclusion.
The Human Genome project is on the verge of being completed. This will give us for the first time, the full instruction manual for the human body. Being able to read and understand our own genetic code could lead to better disease prevention and earlier treatment. Upon completion of the sequencing, scientists will be able to understand a disease in a whole new way. We have the power already because of advances in genetics to find individuals that are predisposed to Huntington’s disease and certain types of breast cancer. In just a few more of earth’s rotations, we may know the exact position and makeup of every human gene.